Escape Velocity is just 16 days away!

We are rapidly approaching final countdown to the launch! Have you gotten your tickets and booked your hotel room yet? With amazing guests from the worlds of science and science fiction, futuristic tech demos, thought-provoking discussion panels, games, music, and cosplay fun, Escape Velocity is the place to be for sci-fi fans this summer.

FPV Drone Racing

If you have ever watched the speeder bike chase scene in Return of the Jedi and said to yourself, “I want to do that!” then come by the FPV Drone Racing course at Escape Velocity. Guests will have a chance to pilot a flying drone around obstacles using goggles that offer a first-person view of the action. All the fun of racing around a forest moon but without the risk of crashing into a tree.

Silent Auction

Fond memories don’t have to be the only thing you take home with you from Escape Velocity. Just some of the items we’ll have available to bid on include novels signed by authors Greg Bear, David Brin, and Adam Johnson, a model Lynx space plane, various gift cards and tickets, and even a special tricorder…

… signed and donated by Rod Roddenberry !!!

The Starfleet TR-590 Tricorder IX was conceived for use in several Star Trek productions. The prop was seen on Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and in the last three TNG-era feature films: First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis.

Gala Dinner

Saturday evening’s gala dinner is your chance to meet some of our

wonderful guests
including Adam Nimoy, Gigi Edgley, Luvia Petersen, Dan Curry, and Jamie Anderson. There will be an awards ceremony where we will recognize the winners of our

CubeSat competition
, and our keynote presenter, Rod Roddenberry, will speak about his father’s legacy as the series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Tickets are still available and

can be ordered here.

Let’s build a costume with StudioCosplay!

Studio Cosplay is a community-operated workshop where Cosplayers can connect and exchange ideas, share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects, take instructional classes and hands-on workshops, and have the space and tools to work on costumes. See what’s getting sewn up at their booth!

White House Discussion Panels

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will moderate two discussion panels Saturday morning on “Homesteading in Space.” Lloyd Whitman, assistant director for nanotechnology and advanced materials at OSTP, will lead a panel that builds on the work OSTP and the Museum of Science Fiction began in February on how future astronauts can use the resources they find in space to explore and survive.

Live on the NASA Stage . . . The Chromatics!

The “Chromies,” an a-capella vocal band, originally came together in 1993 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Chromies wrote and produced their astronomically correct songs, a project they call AstroCappella. Don’t miss “The Sun Song” on Saturday night, July 2!

CubeSat Winners from Texas

A team of Bowie High School students in Texas was one of three winning schools in the international CubeSat satellite design competition – watch their press video by the El Paso Herald-Post. The awards ceremony and recognition will be presented on Saturday evening at the gala by Mason Peck PhD, former NASA Chief Technologist and member of the Museum’s Board of Advisors.

Updated Mobile App Available for iOS

Version 2.0 of the Museum’s mobile app was just updated to include the Escape Velocity program information. It’s now available for free download on iTunes. Android users can download it from the Google Play store.

Museum Ground Crew members can get a 50% discount on Escape Velocity tickets and 20% merchandise discount at the Escape Velocity store. Join here.

Educator Workshop

Our free educator workshop will be held on the final day of Escape Velocity, July 3. There are still a few spots open for K-12 teachers interested in learning new approaches for incorporating science fiction into their classrooms. Participants will receive PDU credit and access to the full show floor before and after the workshop.
Learn more about the workshop and how to register.

Media Professionals

Press credentials available here: